When ESPN wasn’t too busy showing Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron’s girlfriend, we witnessed a brutal beatdown in the first half of the BCS National Championship game. Alabama, behind their strong offensive line, rolled out to a 28-0 lead at the half.
Alabama running backs Eddie Lacy and TJ Yeldon led the way, with McCarron staying poised and leading drives down the field at every opportunity.
Lacy totaled 113 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, while Yeldon added 48 yards and a touchdown of his own. McCarron was 12-for-18 with 156 yard and two touchdowns. It was all Alabama and the Crimson Tide offense showed no signs of slowing down.
For Notre Dame, it appears that the defense never got off the bus.
Manti Te’o has been non-existent, while the long layoff appears to have hurt the Fighting Irish’s physicality. Notre Dame simply can’t bring down the ball carrier and it is getting ugly.
Notre Dame will need to come out of the tunnel with a new attitude and play some inspiring football. Now is the time for Te’o to step up and do what he has done all season — lead the defense.
If Notre Dame doesn’t wake up, Alabama will continue their dominance in the trenches and bring us one of the worst title games in history.